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Kansas State University

Measures, Rubrics, & Tools for
Assessing Student Learning Outcomes


Actual Tools & Measures

Information Literacy

Online assessment form. This link takes you to the actual survey, which includes such items as: forming a research question; identifying keywords that you would in looking for information on your research question; and distinguishing from popular and scholarly periodicals.


Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs)


The Field-tested Learning Assessment Guide (FLAG) group provides information on various assessment techniques that are used within the classroom. For each technique, information is provided on preparation time, appropriateness to class sizes, how to analyze results, and recommended things to consider when selecting the technique. Examples are provided for each technique under the “Goals, Use, and Examples” link at the bottom of each technique page.

Examples of Short Critical Thinking Tasks for Teaching Course Concepts and Disciplinary Argument (.pdf) – Critical thinking (micro-theme) writing assignments are provided for Psychology, Math, Nursing, Economics, Literature, History, Grammar/Editing, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Welding, and Finance.

Examples of Small Group Tasks (.pdf) – Two example assignments are presented for group discussion, one is on a Shakespeare course and the other from a Public Issues Research Seminar.

Ten Easy-to-Use Strategies for Short Writing/Thinking Tasks (.pdf) – A brief description and example are provided for each technique.

The Minute Paper (.pdf) – Task in which student write down the most meaningful point discussed in the class/lab for that session and the questions they still have.

The Muddiest Point (.pdf) – Task in which students report the point, topics, or material that was the least clear in the class/lab session.